Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

Opportunity (Click on link for more information)

Date

Offered
by Groups
at BCTC

Offered
at a
Low Cost

Supervisory Management Essentials Sept 2014-May 2015
X X
TTALKS
February-March 2015 X
X
Faculty Open Labs February-April 2015
X X
Kentucky Pedagogicon II CALL FOR PROPOSALS February 1, 2015   X
Making Online Classes Accessible February 2-March 15, 2015   X
Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point (EDUCAUSE Live!) February 4, 2015    X
Business Writing Essentials February 10, 2015     X
KCTCS Teaching & Learning Institutes
February 13-April 10, 2015   X
Preparing High-Potential Employees for Leadership February 17, 2015     X
KY-AAWCC Conference
February 19-20, 2015   X
The Southeastern Writing Center Association 2015 Conference February 19-21, 2015   X
21st Century Leadership Conference   February 27, 2015
  X
Changing Classroom Cultures Conference February 27-28, 2015 X X
The Side Effects of Prejudices in the Workplace March 3, 2015  X
X
How to Effectively Supervise Off-Site Employees March 10, 2015     X
The Side Effects of Prejudices in the Workplace   March 11, 2015  X
X
Implementing Job Rotation and Cross-Training for Your Team March 16, 2015     X
2015 ECTC Staff Conference March 18, 2015
  X
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: New Horizons 2015   March 20, 2015
  X
Paying Customer Service Skills Forward March 23, 2015
X
X
The Essentials of Credibility, Confidence and Composure March 24, 2015     X
2015 Kentucky Student Success Summit   March 30–31, 2015     X
Management Skills for Today's Busy Administrative Professionals
April 2, 2015     X
The Manager's Role as Teacher and Trainer
April 10, 2015

X
2015 Ad Astra Kentucky Summit  April 21-22, 2015     X
ADA Resources & Training Ongoing   X
Canvas Network
Ongoing

X
CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
X
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
EDUCAUSE LIVE! Ongoing  
Go2Knowledge Ongoing   X
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
X
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
WADA ADA Live! Ongoing   X

September 2014 - May 2015 | Supervisory Management Essentials

This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development.  At this time, we are in the process of converting these modules to an online format and adding information related to business procedures and human resource requirements. We hope to complete this transition and make the online modules available during the Fall 2014 semester.  All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this training. Certification will be offered upon completion of all four modules. Until then, you may review the PowerPoints used during 2013-14 by going to the PD Resources page.        

February-March 2015 | TTALKS | Locations and Times Vary

President Julian is holding a Facilities focused TTALKS (Thinking Together about Leadership, Knowledge, and Strategies). TTALKS are designed to provide a forum for discussion on college ideas and issues. Past TTALKS have gathered a variety of input to assist with making decisions and addressing concerns related to Academics/Student Services and Creating Unity across the college.

The schedule for current TTALKS will offer sessions throughout February and March. Please join one of these open discussion sessions to share your ideas and concerns. Current dates with sign-ups may be accessed by following the instructions below. Additional dates may be added later.

  1. Go to https://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/forms/signup/t_talks/
  2. Log in with your KCTCS username and password
  3. Select a session from the dropdown.
  4. Click on Sign Up. You will receive a confirmation email with the time and location.            

February-April 2015 | Faculty Open Labs | 10:00 AM - Noon | Date & Location Vary

Faculty Open Labs provide instructors with the opportunity to receive hands-on assistance with the educational software used in both on-ground and online classes. This includes help with Blackboard, MS OneDrive, PeopleSoft, Starfish, Open Educational Resources, and more. Registration is NOT required but does help us with staffing.

DATES

  • February 13, COOPER, AT 111, 10-12
  • March 27, NEWTOWN, CB 108, 10-12
  • April 10, COOPER, AT 111 10-12
  • April 24, NEWTOWN, CB 108, 10-12

REGISTER HERE             

February 1, 2015 | Kentucky Pedagogicon II CALL FOR PROPOSALS | EKU’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity | Richmond, KY

The Kentucky Pedagogicon II (KP II) will be held on Friday, 22 May 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eastern Kentucky University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and its Faculty Development Workgroup, KP II has a theme of “Closing the Achievement Gap through Scholarly and Creative Teaching,” and potential tracks include Innovations, Evidence-based Learning, Technology, Critical/Creative Thinking, Cultural Competency, and Information Literacy and Communication.

Submit a Proposal at: http://studio.eku.edu/pedagogicon-proposal-submission-2015.
Deadline to Submit: February 1, 2015
(Submitters will be notified if their presentation has been accepted via email by March 1, 2015.)

For more information, please contact Lynn Phillips at lynn.phillips@eku.edu  

February 2 - March 15, 2015 | Making Online Classes Accessible facilitated by Mark Camp | Pepnet 2 | Free Online Course

This course is for administrators, disability services professionals, and instructors who want to learn how to make distance learning accessible to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
This course will explore distance learning benefits and challenges for students with disabilities. We will look at various modes and methods of delivering course content and how each can be made accessible. Participants will gain knowledge of best practices in teaching through distance technologies and learn how to go beyond traditional teaching methods. We will also examine how incorporating Universal Design techniques can make distance learning more accessible for all students.
The anticipated time commitment for this six-week course is a minimum of 5 hours per week.

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2015

REGISTER HERE  

February 4, 2015 | Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point | EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | FREE WEBINAR

Change continues to characterize the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues in 2015. The pace of change seems not to be slowing but rather increasing. Higher education information technology seems to have reached an inflection point—the point at which the trends that have dominated thought leadership and have motivated early adopters are now cascading into the mainstream.

The Top 10 IT Issues is one of EDUCAUSE's most widely consumed products, used by institutions and solution providers alike to guide strategic planning and better understand the impact of a range of IT-related issues affecting IT organizations and higher education. Join EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek and three members of the IT Issues Panel in a discussion of the themes and implications of the 2015 Top 10 IT Issues.

REGISTER HERE             

February 10, 2015 | Business Writing Essentials | Paul Nicholas, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST | Leestown, M128 | FREE WEBINAR

If you ever send business e-mails, reports, updates, or memos, this is the one-hour Webinar you can’t afford to miss. The average office employee receives hundreds of e-mails, memos, and reports each day. If they actually read every one of them, they’d never be able to do anything else!

If you want your business communication to actually get noticed — and acted on — you need to make your point clearly, concisely, and quickly! The skills you learn in webinar will enable you to do just that. You’ll learn to eliminate the nonessential, how to boil down and summarize your message, and how to present your information in the way that makes the most sense. You’ll even discover how to effectively use formatting to grab the attention of your readers!

REGISTER HERE       

February 13-April 10, 2015 | KCTCS Teaching & Learning Institute | Dates & Locations Vary | FREE Conference

Join us for the spring KCTCS Teaching & Learning Institute as we share expertise and best practices. Together we can successfully progress through change!

This institute’s focus is Change: The Next Generation – Building on Past Success to Address the Future (the impact of internal and external changes on colleges in the near future).

Locations: This is a regional institute. You may attend any of the following campuses locations:

  • Somerset: February 13 - Program Schedule
  • Owensboro: March 6
  • Big Sandy: April 10

Registration for the Somerset location is now open!

Registration deadline: Sunday, Feb. 8

REGISTER TODAY                       

February 17, 2015 | Preparing High-Potential Employees for Leadership | Anthony Metten, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST | Leestown, M128 | FREE WEBINAR

To make sure your organization keeps improving and moving forward, it is absolutely vital that you hang on to your best and brightest employees. You need to treat them with special care, ensuring that they continue to grow and thrive. To do this, you need to start laying the groundwork now.

Successfully grooming your best employees for promotion ensures your organization’s continued success. It helps you prevent brain drain and makes sure you hang on to valuable employees.

To hang on to your best employees, you have to provide a road for them to advance. Otherwise they’ll feel like they’re in dead-end positions and leave your organization. This webinar will ensure that your top performers are prepared for the next level, meaning when you’re ready to promote them, they’ll be ready to shine.

REGISTER HERE 

February 19-20, 2015 | KY-AAWCC Conference | Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY

KY-AAWCC is the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. It was formed to champion the women currently serving in Kentucky’s community colleges and maximize their potential. The annual conference is focused on helping its members develop and grow in both their personal and professional lives, and give them an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the state.

Possible session titles for the 2015 KY-AAWCC Conference include:

  • Laughter is the Best Medicine
  • Reach for the Sky
  • Strive to Lift as You Climb
  • Negate the Negative
  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Submit a Session Proposal at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Submit Proposal: November 7, 2014.

Register at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Register: February 13, 2015

February 19-21, 2015 | The Southeastern Writing Center Association 2015 Conference | Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN

The focus of this year’s conference is Identities in Consultation: Diversity in the South and Beyond.

What does it mean to be “southern” in a country where regionalism is becoming less important to identity and more important as a commodity? What does it mean to be a regional writing center when regionalism is not relative to the populations we service? How do we begin to understand emerging educational communities and their developing identities, which include new education standards, shifts in demographics, online instruction, and multimodal writing prompts that move students away from traditional writing tasks? What is the evolving function of a writing center to a generation of students who have spent their lives reading and blogging with their peers throughout the world?

In these new communities, we must revise our understanding and implementation of the roles we play as consultants, students, instructors, and administrators. Our developing identities will shape our pedagogy, expand our relevance to our Universities and colleges, and amplify the way writing centers operate in the academy.

Please join us as we explore identity and diversity in the writing center.

  • Deadline for proposals: October 10, 2014
  • Early Registration Ends: December 15
  • Late Registration Ends: February 6

To learn more, go here.                         

February 27, 2015 | 21st Century Leadership Conference presented by The Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce | Maysville Community & Technical College, 1755 US HWY 68, Maysville, KY | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | $99

Learn how to maximize the multi-generational workplaces with Jay McChord. Breakout sessions will include:

  • The Leadership Pyramid
  • Customer Service: Communicating with Tact and Finesse
  • Turn Your Ship Around
  • Motivation: 212 Degrees

Registration begins at 8:30 am. Conference runs from 9:00 am- 2:00 pm. Cost: $99

For more information, call 606-565-5534.

REGISTER HERE by February 23, 2015.                       

February 27-28, 2015 | Changing Classroom Cultures Conference CALL FOR PROPOSALS | BCTC, Newtown Campus, Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Community & Technical College will sponsor the 9th annual Changing Classroom Cultures Conference on Friday, February 27th, and Saturday, February 28th, at the Newtown Campus in Lexington, KY.

In recognition of the role that both Faculty and Staff play in enriching our student's college experience, Friday's sessions will offer learning opportunities for both Faculty AND Staff, while Saturday's sessions will maintain a faculty focus.

The theme for this year's FREE Conference is Teaching & Learning: The Next Generation. Sessions will address information such as teaching and learning, technology, student services, ADA, soft skills, or other areas that support next generation learning in the college.  All full-time and part-time KCTCS Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend this valuable conference.

REGISTER or get more information        

March 3, 2015 | The Side Effects of Prejudices in the Workplace | Charlene Walker, VP Multiculturalism & Inclusion | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Leestown, M128

This workshop will demonstrate and initiate dialogue as to how micro aggressions play out in our daily lives without conscious awareness. In order to have an inclusive work environment we must be able to see the elephant in the room. As Americans we all have prejudices and must recognize them in order to confront their side effects on all of us.

REGISTER HERE.                   

March 10, 2015 | How to Effectively Supervise Off-Site Employees | Drew Stevens, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT | Leestown, M128 | FREE WEBINAR

Even the best managers and team leads can find it very difficult to manage off-site employees, much less solve conflicts, effectively mentor and motivate them to be peak achievers. This webinar will provide secrets to getting staff to pull together and work as a team ... even when they hardly ever see one another. You’ll find new ways to keep the lines of communication flowing smoothly and how to let your employees know you support them and understand their challenges.

The agenda will cover:

  • The top 3 de-motivators for off-site employees and how to avoid them
  • How to develop a long-distance communication network to make sure vital information doesn’t slip through the cracks
  • Top mistakes made by relying too heavily on email for communication
  • Assessing employees’ needs when you don’t see them day to day
  • Developing effective reporting systems
  • Dos and don’ts of incentive programs for off-site employees

REGISTER HERE   

March 11, 2015 | The Side Effects of Prejudices in the Workplace | Charlene Walker, VP Multiculturalism & Inclusion | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Leestown, M128

This workshop will demonstrate and initiate dialogue as to how micro aggressions play out in our daily lives without conscious awareness. In order to have an inclusive work environment we must be able to see the elephant in the room. As Americans we all have prejudices and must recognize them in order to confront their side effects on all of us.

REGISTER HERE.

March 16, 2015 | Implementing Job Rotation and Cross-Training for Your Team | Max Muller, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT | Leestown, M128 | FREE WEBINAR

Losing an important employee can dramatically affect your productivity. From a loss of consistency to brain drain to the learning curve of training a new employee, it can be a difficult transition.

This webinar will give you the information you need to establish and implement a job rotation and cross-training program (or improve your existing one), meaning your entire staff is better trained. Not only does this protect you should you suddenly lose an important worker, but it also gives your staff a better understanding of their roles in the greater organization while providing consistency in the services you offer.

This webinar will help you:

  • Plan and implement a program of cross-training and job rotation
  • Effectively establish coverage for vacationing or absent employees without dumping a heavy load on any one employee
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your program and adjust it for maximum impact
  • And more!           

REGISTER HERE

March 18, 2015 | 2015 ECTC Staff Conference | 8:30am-2:45pm

Register to hear from nationally honored, professional speaker and author, Jerome Love. Learn strategies to deliver superior customer service and to increase retention. Hear from actual current and former students about the real life impact that staff has made on their lives. And, of course, have a good time!

Because at ECTC, we LOVE to catch and retain…

REGISTER HERE

*Registration for non ECTC staff is $40 and includes continental breakfast, a hot lunch and early registrants will receive a conference tee shirt.           

March 20, 2015 | CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: New Horizons 2015 | Northern Kentucky Convention Center

The KCTCS professional development peer team is currently accepting proposals for the 2015 KCTCS New Horizons Conference to be held May 18-19, 2015. Join your colleagues in Northern Kentucky as we learn about cutting-edge teaching and learning strategies, leadership programs and inspirational innovations that promote student success.

Submission Deadline: March 20, 2015

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL.                 

March 23, 2015 | Paying Customer Service Skills Forward | Jane Goatley, Bluegrass Community & Technical College | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Leestown, M128

Please join BCTC Human Resources Director, Jane Goatley to discuss best practices that front line staff employees can use to provide excellent customer service to our students and colleagues. Gather information and share ideas regarding the four “C”s of Customer Service: Communication, Courtesy, Collaboration, and Collegiality. In her thirty years of experience, Jane has observed and lead teams in providing excellent customer service. In the campus climate survey this past year, the Human Resources staff received exemplary marks in the area of customer service. Expect a lively discussion with information that you will want to share with others in your area!

REGISTER HERE

March 24, 2015 | The Essentials of Credibility, Confidence and Composure | Jan Harrison, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT | Leestown, M128 | FREE WEBINAR

The Essentials of Credibility, Confidence and Composure is a new webinar that addresses issues like lack of self-confidence, setbacks and disappointments, working with difficult people, and poor communication. With the help of this course, you’ll gain the skills and techniques you need to overcome these, and many other challenges.

The agenda will help you:

  • Recognize how your personal appearance impacts your credibility and learn how to always put your best foot forward
  • Learn how to deal rationally and confidently with difficult people
  • Prevent communication missteps that can lead to communication breakdowns
  • Learn how to improve your self-concept and use it to positively influence coworkers and others at work
  • How to persuade your team to buy in to your ideas and follow your instructions
  • Develop and maintain a culture that supports employees rather than creating a climate of defensiveness  

REGISTER HERE

March 30 – 31, 2015 | 2015 Kentucky Student Success Summit | Louisville Marriott East 1903 Embassy Square Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40299

The Kentucky Student Success Summit provides faculty, staff and administrators an opportunity to learn from leading student success experts and to engage in stimulating discussions with colleagues from across the state. The summit features nationally-recognized experts who share evidence-based best practices to promote student learning and retention.

This year’s theme, “Learning for the 21st Century: Higher Education’s Value Commitment”, underscores the importance of preparing students to engage in a world characterized by complexity, diversity and change.

Submissions for poster sessions accepted until February 27, 2015.

Click here to learn more or to register.             

April 2, 2015 | Management Skills for Today's Busy Administrative Professionals | Jan Harrison, National Seminars | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST | Leestown, M120 | FREE WEBINAR

The role of the administrative professional has changed — it’s become a position of real leadership and critical responsibility. You need to accomplish everything on your plate — and you need to do it with confidence and authority! Are you ready to step up and become a true leader in your organization? Developing your management skills will make every aspect of your job easier.

Management skills come down to mastering three key elements — priorities, projects, and people. This webinar will help you get a handle on all three! You’ll learn how to motivate coworkers to make sure they turn things over to you on time and done right. You’ll discover how to identify your bosses’ priorities — and make sure yours and theirs mesh. And you’ll find out about fantastic methods of project planning that guarantee you know what’s going on.

REGISTER HERE 

April 10, 2015 | The Manager's Role as Teacher and Trainer | Pamela Jett, National Seminars |2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT | Newtown, CB113 | FREE WEBINAR

Superior knowledge and experience doesn’t always translate into the ability to teach others. And though the role of trainer is one of the most important duties you fill as a manager, there’s a good chance you’ve never had any training in it. It’s perfectly normal — despite being a crucial part of your job, a manager’s role as teacher is often overlooked.

This webinar is jam-packed with proven strategies and expert techniques to help you train your staff better, improving their efficiency and making you a better overall manager.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Make on-the-job training super effective
  • Know when training is the answer and when it is not
  • Follow up with employees to make sure new knowledge is being applied
  • And more!

REGISTER HERE     

April 21-22, 2015 | 2015 Ad Astra Kentucky Summit | Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky

Registration and the call for proposals is now open for the 2015 Ad Astra Kentucky Summit. Please join us as we continue to share ideas and secure new ways to utilize Astra Schedule and Platinum Analytics to produce a gold standard in higher education.

Registration will run through Wednesday, April 8, and will cost $35 per attendee.

The call for proposals will remain open until Sunday, March 15.

ACCESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION            

Ongoing | ADA Resources & Training | Southeast ADA Center | Free Online Resources and Webinars

The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

To view these resources or register, go here.

Ongoing | Canvas Network

Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.

Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.

Ongoing | EDUCAUSE LIVE!

EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website.

Ongoing | Go2Knowledge Now Available 24/7!!!

Go2Knowledge is a new online resource that grants all BCTC faculty and staff unlimited access to 100+ professional development trainings with the click of a button. Full-time and part-time employees may access trainings on the following topics, at any time, day or night:

  • At-risk populations
  • Campus safety
  • Organizational development
  • Student success
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology

After completing each training, you may print a personalized certificate. Access instructions are available under Professional Development & Training in ITES.

*Please note: Each training is 1 ½ hours and may be paused for up to 3 hours. If your session times out, you may receive credit by restarting it, fast forwarding to where you left off, and finishing your training.

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here.

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.

Ongoing | WADA ADA Live! | Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00pm-1:30pm. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.

You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.